Tulsa Healthy Start is a program designed to meet the needs of mothers and infants living in our community, focusing on healthy outcomes to reduce infant mortality. Healthy Start Care Coordinators work with expectant mothers and their families before, during and after pregnancy, employing strategies to improve maternity care quality focused on patient safety and evidence-based practice. Additionally, the program helps increase understanding of the preventive services covered under the Affordable Care Act.
Tulsa Healthy Start uses a “Maternity Medical Home” model, a concept first defined in 2010’s Blueprint for Action which identified 11 focus areas to improve maternity care quality. The Community Service Council, in an effort to support the patient centered medical home initiative fostered in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology collaborative grants, implemented a second Tulsa Healthy Start Initiative in 2014 from the successful Tulsa Health Department program begun in 1997. CSC has fostered a third program in southeast Oklahoma with the Little Dixie Health Start. Collectively with Oklahoma City, there are four sites working to reduce infant mortality in Oklahoma, and 100 sites throughout the U.S.
The Healthy Start Care Coordinator assists each client in accessing community, culturally sensitive, family-centered, comprehensive health and social services to women, infant and families. We assist pregnant women and their families by following them throughout pregnancy until the baby reaches two years old. Support for both parents and involvement of fathers also helps support women during pregnancy, thereby strengthening the family and creating the most favorable foundation for infant and youth health development.
The Tulsa Healthy Start Fatherhood Program is committed to improving the father, parent-child relationship through fatherhood engagement. Our program promotes this philosophy by linking fathers to resources that strengthen the role of an involved father.
We embrace fathers and father figures of all types – biological, foster, adoptive and step fathers – along with male relatives and adult male mentors. Our mission is to promote individual and group education to help men develop the skills needed for a life-long commitment in the lives of their children.
Referrals for prenatal postpartum, well-women and well-child care
Smoking, drug and alcohol cessation and counseling
Nutrition needs and breastfeeding support
Perinatal depression screening
Connection to behavioral health services
Home visiting (if necessary)
Contraception education and reproductive life planning
Child development screening, education and parenting support
Enrollment in WIC (Women Infant and Children)
Plan of Care development